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An Improved Method to Predict Assignment of Stocks into Russell Indexes

Itzhak Ben-David, Francesco Franzoni, Rabih Moussawi

NBER Working Paper No. 26370
Issued in October 2019, Revised in October 2019
NBER Program(s):Asset Pricing Program, Corporate Finance Program

A growing literature uses the Russell 1000/2000 reconstitution event as an identification strategy to investigate corporate finance and asset pricing questions. To implement this identification strategy, researchers need to approximate the ranking variable used to assign stocks to indexes. We develop a procedure that predicts assignment to the Russell 1000/2000 with significant improvements relative to previous approaches. We apply this methodology to extend the tests in Ben-David, Franzoni, and Moussawi (2018).

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w26370

 
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